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ERIC Number: EJ895800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Coping with the Personal Loss of Having a Parent with Mental Illness: Young Adults' Narrative Accounts of Spiritual Struggle and Strength
Maunu, Aleisha; Stein, Catherine H.
Journal of Community Psychology, v38 n5 p645-655 Jul 2010
The present study examines the personal accounts of nine young adults who have parents living with mental illness. Adults' experience of personal loss due to their parents' mental illness and perceptions of their religious faith journey and spiritual struggles are described. Overall, young adults who reported experiencing more personal loss due to their parents' mental illness also reported feeling more confused on their faith journey, and reported experiencing more spiritual struggle relative to participants who reported experiencing less personal loss. Regardless of level of personal loss, all participants identified positive personal attributes that resulted from coping with their parents' illness, including a greater sense of independence, personal strength, and compassion. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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